Walking, Fitness, Health: Get Real Time....YOU Can Find the Real You Inside Waiting to Emerge

Feeling THANKFUL that walking came back into my life. It lifts any stress that may try to settle in my life.

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Music Keeps Me Uplifted While Walking

Sometimes I do walk and listen to just the sounds of nature but that is when I am in a park where the sounds of city life are not ever present.

Most days when I walk I clip on my Scandisk mp3 player and tuck on one of my headsets and am off to another world. The Scandisk has been my player of choice for walking as it is easy to upload music and it is easy to navigate.

While I am not totally technologically challenged, neither am I an expert. So a device such as this that is 'friendly' makes me happy.

Update.....drum roll please...

Almost one year to date, I began a new journey, a new friendship, a new relationship with my body. Since I only get once chance to walk this planet, it was time to take charge....so many factors played into how I became morbidly obese....and the fact of the matter is...none of that matters. What matters is that it is possible to turn it around.

It has not been easy...not at all to get up every day and walk. The getting out the door part is the difficult part though. Once I am out, it is a whole different story. All of what troubles me (and there are lots of things going on with my family that TRY to weigh heavily on me) washes away with each step and each jogging motion that I make.

So I am thrilled to report that I am now 56 pounds lighter....

I will continue this journey because I am an individual who cannot maintain a reasonable weight without exercise...it just ain't gonna' happen.

I eat healthy too....that does not mean that what I eat is bland or flavorless. It just means I choose foods that nourish my body, mind, and soul. For each of us that will be a different food choice. It means being honest with myself about what I eat....not explaining to anyone else why I eat what I do, but feeling well physically and not guilty about food choices.

So the journey continues......

Update: July 21

I am more pumped now about this journey than I was in October when I began.

I can walk longer and swifter without feeling breathless.

My new weight is : 190....I am so excited...never thought I would be excited to be this heavy but I am so much lighter than when I began. My new clothes make me feel like a new me...I got rid of all of my old, fat clothing.

It makes me feel so humble when others comment on my weight loss. It has been many years since I have been complimented on how I look.

Of course, I have done this for ME but it is nice when others notice.

If you need to get in shape, I recommend walking...a bit at a time....take a serious look at what you eat and when you eat...

Best wishes to you on your journey.

This time last year I would not have posted a photo of me (so much heavier)

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Exercise is a Wonderful Way to Reduce Stress

We all have stressors in our lives...that obviously goes without saying.

Thankfully, the walking and some very light jogging along with it, keeps me sane and reduces the stress on my body.

When exercising my mind is washed, freed, of all of the stress that surrounds me at this time. I am so very thankful that I begin each day with a walk. It takes me totally to another place...a place of meditation and calm.

Please do yourself a favor and make room for some type of exercise each day.

A Walking Hat....Learning not to take myself too seriously

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Update: June 6, 2016

My weight is at 194-195. My measurements remain the same pretty much as the last time I measured but my clothes fit much differently.

I am able to buy cute clothes now that are soooo much smaller than I was wearing.

And I feel so much better...emotionally and physically.

I walk in the morning mainly now so that means I leave home at first light usually about 6:15 s it is hot now and I just cannot walk in the heat. If I do ever walk in the evening now it is at 7:00 when it has begun to cool down.

This is a thrilling experience. I have made new friends ..not who walk with me...but who see me walk and come up to me when I am in a store and strike up a conversation.

If you are not walking, get started. Take short walks at firs.t

Truthfully if I were not walking I would not be able to navigate the waters that are swirling around me with my family right now.

March 14th...update

For the first time in too many years, I tip the scales at 195...42 pounds lighter than when I embarked on this journey.

That number is still HUGE to me but compared to where I began, it is so much better

I feel so much better and am told that I look so much better (and secretly I think so too :D)...but part of me still sees the FAT person...gradually that will fade because even though I have a large number of pounds still to lose, I am now able to buy some new clothes, flattering clothes that verify the pounds are really gone!!

It is a journey..every day. I have arthritis in my right ankle (MAJOR) and have to really baby it and at the same time I baby my legs, hips, and other foot as well. I have begun to soak in a tub of very warm water at least once a week....not much on baths but silly me, I shower before soaking....

My measurements are pretty much the same...

Waist...43

Hips 45 (woo hoo)

Breast 44 (no change)


Did I say weight....195????!!!!

Keep on keeping on....that is my motto....and to you, if you have not yet begun to be good to your body, what are you waiting for???


Just Cannot Stop Smiling.....

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February 12, 2016.....tada

Today I am thrilled.....I hope if you have embarked on a healthy living plan for your life that you are finding it as exhilarating as I am...

to review a bit on October 18, 2015 I began this journey....walking 8 miles a day and making wise food choices. I began to lose weight and to feel better physically and emotionally.

It was risky for me to share the 'numbers' ...the harsh ugly numbers that show how out of shape my body was (and still is...but it is improving.)

Beginning in December I began to go the gym on an irregular basis...and now I go at least four days a week...and continue to walk...

I am thrilled to announce....as of today I am 40 pounds down....wow, what a difference a few changes can make.

Best to you on your journey..if you need encouragement on your journey, feel free to email me...I am a good listener.

February 4, 2016

Four months later and here are the results...

weight.....tadaaa drum roll please.... 198 lbs. I am thrilled.....

bust....no change 44 inches

waist....43 1/2 inches

hips....47 inches


Still walking twice a day...feeling perpetually high from the exercise; I also go to the gym to work on areas that walking does not address.

It is a journey...one I am sooooo glad I began and am so thankful that God helps me to stick to...

First update in 2016...35 gone!!!!!

Wow....time has flown...so much has happened since October 18th.

It is time to update my numbers....

today I reached a big goal...35 pounds are gone.....my weight is 200....still HUGE but my body is changing so that keeps me highly motivated.

Measurements:

Hips....48 1/2

Waist...44 1/2

Bust...44 (This is interesting..it appears there is NO change but I am one bra size and one cup size smaller so...)

My clothes are beginning to hang on me....and I am loving it...this is an exciting journey...hoping others are feeling motivated... here there are many who are cheering me on and beginning their own journey in their OWN way...which is so important.

I have added working out at the gym too but not to excess (which I mentioned in the video that was shared last month.)

I usually walk about one and one half miles and then do strength training at the gym before I walk the remainder of my 8 miles.

My plan is after I lost 50 pounds to walk less but we shall see.

Thanks for stopping to see what is happening.

One huge, unexpected side effect of all of this walking is that I experience a perpetual (it lasts most of the day till the next walk)"high---no kidding.

. I do get some rather strange looks as I am walking along smiling from ear to ear...but I just cannot help myself.

I have heard of how the brain in affected by exercise but have not experienced it to this degree !!!

A Reminder to Get Real

In this photo, you can see my rolls of fat around my waist...not good...I love this photo as it is of my precious sister and me but I do not love the way I look...
In this photo, you can see my rolls of fat around my waist...not good...I love this photo as it is of my precious sister and me but I do not love the way I look... | Source

Update: December 17---May I just say "EXCITED"

Total weight lost....30 pounds. I can hardly believe it

Measurements...

Hips 49 (six inches gone!!!)

Waist 45 1/2

Breast 44


Still plugging along...

A Wonderful Part of this Journey

As I walk pretty much the same stretch of highway (down a 2 lane country road and then for a mile one way on a dirt road), I have gotten to know others who walk and we cheer each other on.

A whole new world of friends and acquaintances has opened up.

I wave at everyone who passes in a truck, car, bus, you name it...I wave.

And even when my back is to them, my hand is in the air, waving.

And I get lots of waves back and many many 'boops' on the horn as they pass....how cool is that. It makes me feel like I am not alone on the journey. Many of these passers by I see both in the morning and the afternoon. How cool is that.

The Journey Continues

Walking every day except when it is IMPOSSIBLE (such as I have to be out of town driving to the Airport or somewhere), or, other such rare occasions.

I am still walking 8 miles daily ...I try to walk 5 in the morning and 3 at night simply because I am a morning person.

My eating habits have changed as dramatically as my exercising and I will mention that at a later time.

To anyone embarking on this journey, check with your doctor as to your fitness and how to proceed.

One huge side effect of the walking is that I am perpetually high..no joking. I know that exercising can cause this to happen but it is to a whole new level due to the intensity of the walks....it is a great panacea for whatever ails you... :D

Off to walk again, soon.

Thanks for cheering me on....

Update ....the latest figures are in!!!

---November 27 Newest figures in on weight loss and inches lost:

Measurements..

Waist 46 (I forgot somehow to measure my waist at the onset so this is the baseline)

Hips 50 3/4

Bust 48

Weight...drum roll, please... ta da....213 that makes 22 pounds gone....woo hoo!!!


November 30---

Hips 49 3/4

Waist 46

Breast 46 3/4


December 4th

waist 46

hips 49 3/4

breast 46

Weight.....211!!!!

Weight loss to date.... 24 pounds...woo hoo.....

Update on weight loss

I posted measurements this week (the week of November 1st) but was unable to post weight loss as I only weigh at one location and it was unavailable until today.

New figures are in...down 5 more pounds....total to date....13 pounds.

It is worth every mile I walk...nothing....NOTHING can compare to the feeling of getting this weight off.

A few years back, I wrote that I was at Get Real Time in my life.

The truth is, I guess I was in Get Real Time in my mind or some alternate universe or something. It just did not happen.

I was not committed to what it takes to shed the pounds that have crept on for too many reasons.

I lacked the motivation. I plain and simply did not care enough.


Finally admitting that I was avoiding facing the hard cold reality of life that I am F-A-T

was the first hurdle I needed to face.

This Photo is One that Made Me Start to Realize I Needed to Step up to the Plate

I love that precious grandboy...Sad, you can only see part of me...I just would not fit in the photo...I knew it was time to begin to make a change.
I love that precious grandboy...Sad, you can only see part of me...I just would not fit in the photo...I knew it was time to begin to make a change. | Source

Need Excuses? I Had Them...

Reason??

Yes indeed I had them

More than enough for me and to share with anyone else who needed them.

My first one was:

  • I cannot afford healthy food. It costs too much.
  • If I eat out, I want to eat of the decadent foods that jump off the menu to me.
  • Exercise? O, yes, I get plenty of exercise, every day. I am very busy. I do not lead a sedentary life.
  • My family members are sick. I do not have time to prepare healthy foods traveling back and for forth to care for them.
  • When I come home, I am tired. I do not feel like cooking. I will just grab this leftover whatever and call it wonderful.

And, on and on and on.

Get Real Fact....I was avoiding taking the bull by the horn and doing the work it takes to get the FAT off.

For the last ten years, I have avoided mirrors. They have been the enemy.

Get Real Time suggests to me that I will embrace the mirror and rejoice as the person looking back becomes the thin person waiting to come out.

Simple Straightforward Tips for Walking

Personal Experience only

My experiences are my own I am not a nutritionist, exercise guru, or other such trained person.

I do reference Dr. Bendheim and Dr. Amen in my article but do not strictly adhere to what either says.

This is my journey. Use what you can and adjust to make it work for you.

If you have medical issues, by all means to not begin any new way of living without consulting your medical advisors.




Own and Accept that You Are Out of Control

The first time I said to someone, 'No, thank you, I can't take that cute top you are offering me because I am TOO FAT' the words resonated within my soul. It was devastating to me.

Who am I talking about? Me, FAT? Is that really how I think of myself? Is that how others see me?

And, yes, it is.

And I still am but there is a difference.

I have gotten REAL this time.

Excuses are gone. There is no good reason for me to remain obese. And that is what I am...and no one can fix this but me.

This was hard. No one wants to admit they have let things get out of control. I had.

It was time to own it.


This Book Helped Me to Begin My Journey

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It seems it is up for discussion who said this first (Kate Moss) or whom:

It does not matter to me, this quote just says it all for me....

Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!!

Beginning This Journey

As was mentioned above, a book helped me to begin my journey. The book, The Brian Training Revolution by Paul E. Benheim, M.D. actually was the impetus for my transformation.

It focuses on brain health but it really is a book about healthy living, healthy choices, a healthy mindset.

It is filled with so much that will help get you focused and ready to make changes. There is even a DVD which shows some of the exercises you can do to have a healthier brain and healthier body.

Go to your library and check it out...you will be glad that you did.

Creating a Brain that is Functioning at Optimal Levels + Getting Your Body in Shape

If you control the things you can---your response to stress, the food you consume, the restfulness of your sleep, and your care for your body, you can greatly influence the vitality of your brain..." Dr. Paul E. Bendheim

It is a win-win-win situation...brain health, body health, emotionally healthy!!!

In the Beginning

What changed?

One thing is that changed is that I began reading a book about brain health and how important nutrition and exercise are for our brains are for staving off Alzheimers and stroke.

As I turned page after page, it was like an epiphany I suppose.

Like, how many times does someone need to hit me over the head to remind me to get in shape physically and mentally?

From the first day I began reading the book, my life has changed.

I did not follow the suggestions completely and that may not have been the best idea, but I had to make it work for me.

I began walking two miles a day and by the end of the first week I was up to 8 miles a day. I do not recommend this for anyone who has any medical conditions. I do not recommend it for anyone who is as out of shape as I was. For me, it just happened and now I am comfortable with it. (Years ago I was walking 4 miles a day and I loved it so beginning was not so hard.)

I generally walk 5 miles in the morning and 3 in the evening because I am a morning person and like to do most of my walking in the morning.

Another Book Occupies My Mind as Well

On the day I found the BTR book I also found, Making a Good Brain Great. For days I have been reading both as I am trying to find answers that I need to know.

This second book devotes considerable time to explaining the brain and how it is divided and explains how these parts work for us. It is another one that is worth the time to read and soak in.

A third book is on the way...The Brain Fog Fix by Dr. Mike Dow. At this point I cannot explain much about it but as soon as my copy arrives I will fill in some details.

A Second Book Added to My Collection

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Dr. Amen Has a Lovely Suggestion

In his book, he has written a letter to our brain.

It is a very simple straightforward letter suggesting that working together we can have a brain that works properly and as we know when our brain is working well, we are in sync.

He goes on to list a number of promises that we as the home for the brain must ( must is my word not his) make to our brains. He begins, "I will----

  • think about you every day so you can think properly
  • care for you, so you will allow me to take god care of myself and those I love
  • accept the fact that neither you nor I are perfect but we can be far better
  • protect you from injury, toxins, and too much stress
  • give you enough sleep
  • feed you nutritious food, but not too much
  • teach you new things so you continue to be excellent at learning
  • exercise our heart and body to keep great blood supply flowing to you

This is a partial list of his suggestions. They are found on 237 of his book.

Getting brain healthy is a total commitment to mind, body, soul.

Each Morning...

Each morning when I rise I do a bit of yoga to warm up and to get in tune with the universe.

Then, I drink some water and have a bit of protein...a banana with peanut butter, a spoonful of peanut butter, an egg, something to give me sustenance for the walk.

Then I walk alone or with my friend (she usually walks at least four days a weeks) walks with me in the morning. It is great having the time to socialize and chat about what we have done or about upcoming events. I am walking seven days a week right now. I plan to cut back to 5 days at some point.

In the evening, I walk alone. When I walk alone, I listen to songs on my mp3 player...it keeps me pepped up and walking at a pace that causes me to burn those calories!!

What I Wear

Two pairs of shoes...I alternate.. Comfortable walking clothing including socks that are heavenly
Two pairs of shoes...I alternate.. Comfortable walking clothing including socks that are heavenly | Source

Something More

On Tuesday night I attend a one hour fitness class with my friend.

And by the time the hour ends, we have exercised every part of our bodies including parts we did not know we have!!!

I am in the beginning stages as last week was my first night. I was amazed at how out of shape I am even though I walk 8 + miles a day. The instructor assured me it is because I am using different parts of my body to work out...which of course makes sense.

It is WORK

This is not a quick fix. I have lost weight and inches (given later in this article)..

This is a journey.

And unlike the last time, I will not remove this hub when I fail.

Because I will NOT fail this time!!

It took many years to get this weight on so I have to be patient and be willing to do the work it takes to transform this body into one that I love more.

I do love myself. I do.

But I do not LIKE the fat that hangs from my small frame.

And rather than whine, I have decided to do the work it takes to be healthy and to feel attractive. And it is WORK. After the workout or the walk, I feel AMAZING!!!

What else...

My mat and one weight...I am accumulating more ...as I go along...
My mat and one weight...I am accumulating more ...as I go along... | Source

Eating Well

Besides walking I have made huge changes in my eating habits.

And as a result I have no cravings.

Sugar is one of my weaknesses. Candy and dessert including ice cream which I could slather on my arms and lick off would lead me astray if I let them.

NO, I have not cut them out altogether but I have purged them from my body. I had to go cold turkey on those foods to get the desire out of my system. I do not bring sweets home at all. If I feel I need a sweet treat, I will go out and order something at a restaurant.

Simple Easy Foods

Here is what I eat most days:

Breakfast....banana with peanut butter, an egg, a spoonful of peanut butter

Lunch........salad greens (mixed baby greens), sliced tomatoes, red onion-slivers, albacore tuna or salmon....topped with a dab of olive oil and a spritz of balsamic vinegar Some grapes or other fruit on the side.

Dinner....Steamed veggies, broiled chicken breast, mixed baby greens, sliced tomatoes, cucumber, red and yellow peppers

Snacks

For snacking I may have half a banana, an apple, some grapes, or other veggies or fruit.

A small serving of mixed nuts is also a preferred snack as I have the opportunity to 'crunch' and I enjoy foods with lots of texture

Beverages:

I drink tons of water throughout the day...before I walk, while I walk, and after I walk as well as throughout the rest of the day

I do drink skim milk at least once a day.

I may have a cup of coffee or an herbal tea at some point during the day as well.

I do not keep any junk foods at my house. I have NO, zero, zip, nada will power so I find it pointless to try to resist temptation. If it is not here, I do not think about it.

As I said above, I have not cut out sweets entirely. If I would like a sweet treat that is not particularly healthy, I will go out somewhere to have it. Often I find that it was not nearly as good as I imagined it would be.

++I also keep on hand blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and other fruits and veggies for snacking. When they are out of season, frozen works.


Here is Where I am

On October 18th 2015 I began walking at weight 235*

On October 18the, I weighed in at 227

My measurements on October 25 were:

chest....48 inches

hips....55 inches

On November 13th, I weighed in at 220.


It hurts my fingers to write this but seeing it keeps me focused.

November 13th .... measurements are:

chest ....still 48 inches

hips....drum roll please...52 inches....


I hope that some of you may decide it is Get Real Time for you as well.

Those of you who are already in the best of shape so your brain and body are functioning at optimal levels, excellent!!!

**I corrected my error (I had 225 and it was actually 235...so now it is fixed.)

© 2015 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 3 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Audrey...the support means more than you know.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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AudreyHowitt 3 months ago from California

I just want to congratulate you on your journey--you are inspirational!


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pstraubie48 4 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so welcome, Audrey. It is not that I would not love love love to have ice cream in my home as it is to me one of life's guilty pleasures...but I have NO self control. If it is here, it calls my name......Padi, Padi...come and enjoy some MORE. and I am weak and I do just that. So I do enjoy a treat here and there out and about but do not crave those sugary sweets like I used to. I am here to listen and support. This is a life long journey and having companions along the way makes it that much more easy to endure. Angels are heading to you (and me) bringing us strength and courage to soldier on.... ps


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vocalcoach 4 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you Patricia for your reply. You inspire me. It occurred to me, after reading your great reply, that if I don't bring my "red-flag" foods home when I shop I won't eat them. I like the way you go out to eat those special treats instead of keeping them in the house. I'm going to do this too.

Thanks again for your support. It means the world to me!

Hugs,

Audrey


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pstraubie48 4 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Audrey....Suggestions? All I can suggest is what works for me. I eat when I am hungry and do not live in a state of denial now. When I first began the journey I did feel as though I were missing out on some things but now I actually do not miss them for the most part. However NO food is forbidden. I do not eat high sugar or high carb foods on a regular basis if at all now. I do choose foods that make me feel satisfied ..if I am not satisfied I know I will graze. I know it...I am human.

Keep in touch with me...this is not a diet....it is a life style change...a way I must live for the rest of my life. Walking is the ONLY way I can keep the weight off....so that will be something I do as long as I am able to. I have arthritis BAD in my right foot...but I walk through the pain ....it is about choices for me...I have had to choose what is important. And yes 40 is a huge number when you first begin this journey. Best wishes to you. Angels are headed your way to give you strength. ps


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vocalcoach 4 months ago from Nashville Tn.

You are pure inspiration! Sharing your beautiful, motivating experience is both touching and highly educational with just the right amount of common sense thrown in.

I'm on a journey to lose 40 pounds and though to some folks this doesn't seem like much it's huge for me. I'm little (5' almost 2") and when I get my weight down both my arthritis problems and osteoporosis will benefit for sure.

Been a walker for years and love it. I need to increase my mileage. I also joined the Y and do water aerobics, beginning yoga, tai chi and stretching classes. I'm on a mission!

I'm a vegetarian and a super healthy eater...except for chocolate and snack crackers or nuts. No will power there. If I bring it home It's gone in a short amount of time. (urgggggh)

I'm going to do something about this...just not sure what to do. Suggestions?

Also I want to do all I can to avoid dementia. My younger sister has ahlzeimers and this is stressful for me. I watch her decline almost daily now.

I can"t thank you enough for this hub. I'll pass it around to everyone I know + post on social media.

Bless you dear friend!

Audrey


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Each day is a new test of my resolve. And each day I get up and walk walk walk. And what a blessing it is...the exercise is indeed keeping me sane....and I love love the moments in nature.

Thank you for each visit you have made.

Angels are on the way ps


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

Congratulations on such a fabulous self-win! You're looking great! Keep up the good work.


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pstraubie48 7 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Mary...and I am so thankful for the high as we have an abundance of stress right now. Once again. Angels are on the way


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aesta1 8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Congrats at your latest numbers. What an achievement and you're getting a high as a bonus.


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aesta1 8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Congrats at your latest numbers. What an achievement and you're getting a high as a bonus.


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pstraubie48 8 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thanks peachpurple...I go to the gym to work on areas of my body that walking does not work...I am strengthening areas that need it...Walking is my favorite exercise of all...fast and vigorous....

thanks for stopping

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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peachpurple 8 months ago from Home Sweet Home

hope that you will hit your goal, I don't jog or go to gym often, I prefer to brisk walking


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pstraubie48 9 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Good for you, lady guitarpicker....keep it up...a little bit each day or a few times a week is helpful. I am getting ready to leave for the gym now...I go there to work on areas that walking does not cover. Am loving the new feeling I have as the pounds leave...unwanted baggage is going away :D

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 9 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping P....It is a journey and living well has become my new normal. I tell my daughter that I am walking for her too since she cannot walk (distance/endurance walking ) due to her heart issues.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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ladyguitarpicker 10 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Best wishes to you on your journey. I have just started walking but it has been painful but I am doing it anyway. I have a lot in common with you, but am trying to do better. God Bless, Stella


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

I hope that, along with the walking, you are taking my five fingers approach seriously for the best results along with the tips for the day. Your journey has guideposts that matter for the long haul and that shorten the distance.


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AudreyHowitt 10 months ago from California

Congratulation!!! This is so inspiring!! I am thrilled for you--I love exercise--but I am a slow-poke--but I think at 60 I can be --


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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Peggy....am going to update soon....just so busy that have not been able to do so yet...I am so encouraged by those like you who cheer me on....I NEVER tire of hearing encouraging words.

Hoping all is good with you all ....

Angels are once again on the way ps.


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sujaya venkatesh 10 months ago

good advice


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Peggy W 10 months ago from Houston, Texas

Just stopping by to cheer you on in your attainment of good health. Your journey is very inspirational. Sending angels your way today.


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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Swalia

I am pleased with the results...it is a gradual process and as such a reminder that I do not wish to be faced with too much poundage ever again.

Thank you for stopping.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping Mary. I continue my journey...I am still making progress and feeling energized and reborn :D

Sending you Angels once again this morning ps


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pstraubie48 10 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Shyron Thanks for stopping...I am filled with so much joy and energy as I walk..there is always something to lift my spirits and provide food for my soul.

Hoping all is good with you and yours.

Angels are headed your way this morning ps


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swalia 10 months ago

It's very encouraging and has inspired me to continue with my walking routine. Results will show sooner or later!


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aesta1 10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I am happy you mentioned this in your comment in one of my hubs so I came to visit. I was happy I did. You have done yourself a big favour. Thank you for sharing with us. It is very inspiring as we do struggle with these things as well.


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sunilkunnoth2012 10 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Great article. Informative and useful too. Hence shared. Thank you for this wonderful post.


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Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago

Wow Mary, you give me so much inspiration. I wish I could walk and talk with you. I have a book I have used for years and I love, so I know what you mean about the high.

So proud of you.

The Angels are bringing Blessings and Hugs from me.


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pstraubie48 11 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you and it is time for me to update...so glad you stopped by

Angels are on the way to you ps


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indresilkaityte 11 months ago from Vilnius, Lithuania

Thank You :). A very useful article


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pstraubie48 11 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by...I hope it is helpful to many

Angels are on the way to you ps


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sujaya venkatesh 11 months ago

a useful hub


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Shyron

I cannot tell you how much that means to me. It is very motivating to have others cheer me on. And it is so humbling when those who do not see me daily comment on the weight loss. It took many years and extreme stress to get this weight on...losing it is my gift toe and to my family.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas....Angels are once again headed your way ps


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Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago

Patricia, I am so proud of you. You have motivated me to move my backside and up my exercises. And those eye exercises are fantastic also.

Thank you for this and I will be keeping up with you on this, so now you are not just doing this for you but for all of us, your hub family, and this hub sister loves this.

Blessings and hugs and much success.


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy Yes, it took a LOT for me to publish this. But I needed yet another reason to stay true to the goal of losing a large amount of weight.

I too have issues with my feet; I have arthritis in my right heel area of my foot and it hurts horribly. I soak my feet and alternate freezing both feet daily.

But no reason will keep me from taking care of business.

I hope that others can benefit from this hub...

thank you for stopping to visit and comment, Peggy Angels are once again on the way ps


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Peggy W 12 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

This is brave of you to share your stats with the world but on the other hand it is probably inspirational as well to see those numbers decreasing and feeling accountable to those who are following your progress. I need to get out there and do more walking. Usually when I walk it is only 2 miles at a time. I do have some excuses like plantar fasciitis (heel spur) and bad knees. Less weight would probably help those problems as well. Bravo to you and may this be the battle you win for good!


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Letstalk...thanks for stopping by...wishing you much success in your journey. I have several people cheering me on so I am cheering you on. Sending Angels your way this early morning hour ps


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letstalkabouteduc 12 months ago from Bend, OR

This is so inspirational, Pat. I'm on a similar journey. I had put on a lot of weight during the past 5 years and really didn't care. I was focusing on work and my kids and I just didn't want to focus on exercising and eating right. But it caught up with me and now I'm making changes like you, including walking.


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AliciaC 12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for such a wonderful and inspiring hub, Patricia. Your tips, interesting ideas for losing weight and honesty are a great combination. As you say, you will not fail this time! Even if you lose no more weight - and I'm sure you will lose weight with your determination - you are already successful because you've written this encouraging hub for other people.

Blessings to you.


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Faith...It really is a mental choice, isn't it? There will always be excuses we can make...but at the end of the day, it boils down to how much do I love me, how much am I willing to do to make me a better me as God would have me to be...

And I am happy that God led me to see this best....

Thank you for sharing your encouragement with me and hoping for you success in whatever changes you make in your life, Faith.

I hope all is good with you and yours, my Friend.

Angels bringing blessings and hugs are on the way to you this morning ps

On Sunday I go walk before church...it just sets the tone for the day and then I get to see the lovely day's end as I walk in the evening...God is good.


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Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

Hi Dear Patricia,

I'm so proud of you and you have inspired me to "Get Real" too, for I am afraid I've gone down the path of unhealthiness in my eating and non-exercise! The doctor gave me some not so good news and then it was time for me to get real about my diet and exercise.

You are making changes for a more healthy lifestyle and that is the key. It must be a lifestyle change for good to make an impact on our health.

I think it is in our minds ...the battle.

Thank you, again, for the inspiration to get back on track of healthy living.

Hugs and blessings always


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Genna, for taking the time to stop by and encourage me. I know about the happy juices flowing in my brain...from walking...I am perpetually high.

I do wonder as I walk...will the walking get easier??? And the answer has to be 'when more weight is off' so I keep picking up one foot and putting it down in front of the other.

Hoping all is well with you and yours. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Genna East 12 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Congratulations on your commitment and success, Pat. :-) You should be so proud of yourself. And you are an inspiration to us all. I love to walk; it fills me with endorphins; builds body strength and helps to keep the weight down. You are spot on about making the pledge and dedication, seeing it through. Hugs.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks, Frank. I am stoked...Having others celebrate with me keeps me stoked. I am so loving this...the walking is h a r d....but the pounds are at least being put in their place.

This morning a lady friend whom I have met walking told me "you look thinner every time I see you" ....I hugged her thanked her kindly.

What a rush.

Hoping all is good in your world...and thanks for your kind words. Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks, Frank. I am stoked...Having others celebrate with me keeps me stoked. I am so loving this...the walking is h a r d....but the pounds are at least being put in their place.

This morning a lady friend whom I have met walking told me "you look thinner every time I see you" ....I hugged her thanked her kindly.

What a rush.

Hoping all is good in your world...and thanks for your kind words. Angels are on the way ps


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Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

thank you for sharing your personal... lets call it success..yeah? and your tips are the perfect accessory for busy people who may just have had similar battles.. a wonderful share my friend..bless you


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Sounds to me like you are doing very well for yourself! Keep up the good work. I have probiotic yogurt three times a week, but I have not been trying to lose any weight for quite some time now. It staves off the cravings for sugar. I sometimes walk nine miles a day, but only usually do three or so to the lake and back. Probiotic yogurt was the wisest thing that I ever did for me, as it keeps my gut bacteria in sync.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Congrats on your success..I know you must feel wonderfully uplifted by it.

thanks for the info...I will check out your suggested site.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Rumpled Skin 13 months ago from Wherever there is sincere fun and friendship being shared.

204 to 153 and staying 163 to 170. I am interested in checking out something called "Par Core" (sp.?) If you can find it on the web, you might want to check it out too.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Mary I know exactly what you mean. And it is hard work getting it off..but with every step I take I think how glad I will be when I am the little me that has waited for far too long to emerge.

Just posted new weight loss..I am so stoked..

Thanks for stopping to read and comment.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York

You hit me right where I live! I've been trying to avoid thinking about the extra 30 lbs. but when I recently signed onto a patient portal and saw that it listed me as "overweight", I knew it was time!

You're doing a great job. Keep it up.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Honestly, drbj, it is hard to share with the whole world my weight!!! But I know that if I expose myself it reaffirms my commitment to getting back to the weight that will work for me, will keep me physically fit and will keep my brain in tune.

It is a journey. Tonight I will weigh for the second time and will post my new weight...my friend cautions me that my weight loss may not be what it was as I am building muscle...so we shall see...whatever it is I will post it.

You may not realize it but the cheers for me DO help. Thank you so much.

It is always so nice to see you stop by !!! Angels and blessings are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Honestly, drbj, it is hard to share with the whole world my weight!!! But I know that if I expose myself it reaffirms my commitment to getting back to the weight that will work for me, will keep me physically fit and will keep my brain in tune.

It is a journey. Tonight I will weigh for the second time and will post my new weight...my friend cautions me that my weight loss may not be what it was as I am building muscle...so we shall see...whatever it is I will post it.

You may not realize it but the cheers for me DO help. Thank you so much.

It is always so nice to see you stop by !!! Angels and blessings are on the way to you this morning ps


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drbj 13 months ago from south Florida

Thanks for sharing this personal and motivating journey, Patricia. Keep walkin', m'dear. Wrote a comment earlier but it seems to have disappeared into the stratosphere. Just wanted to commend you on taking this journey. It does pay off!


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

And you know Blossom, that is just a number. The point is to get up and move. And that is what we all need to do at least five days a week to keep our brains healthy.

Hoping all is well with you.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, MsDora. Just getting ready to head out now..it is quite foggy so I am hopeful that it will lift. I actually don't mind walking in it as long as I can see at least a fourth of a mile in front of me.

Yes, continuing to read more about brain and exercise as well as nutrition and sleep habits...a lot of this I knew but have not been faithful about practicing.

Thank you for visiting. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Paul Kuehn 13 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Good luck with your weight loss. I also have battled excess weight all of my life. The best way to keep it off is through eating less better food and exercise. Like you, I walk in the morning and also ride a bike for 45 minutes in the afternoon. I am sharing this article on Facebook and with my Hubpages followers.


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BlossomSB 13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Eight miles a day! I walk briskly almost every day, but it's probably less than two miles (these days we measure in kilometres). Thanks for the incentive to do better!


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drbj 13 months ago from south Florida

You are a STRONG woman, Patricia, and I salute you. I am happy for you that you are losing weight and know you will reach your goal. Thank you for sharing both your personal and this objective information with your readers.

8 miles a day? You ARE Wonder Woman, m'dear.


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MsDora 13 months ago from The Caribbean

Patricia, I like the fact that your reading focuses on the involvement of the brain because it is in the mind that the battle is lost or won. I sense your determination and I pray that you endure. Celebrate every show of success and continue to be the inspiration for the rest of us who also need to get real.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks, Ruby Jean, for stopping to read and comment. It is a journey. And walking is my way of being in charge. It takes me to another place. I have had a high from walking in the past and now it is doubly so.

I do push myself to get the miles in but it is a mental push more than a physical one. A few days ago I hit a wall...and it was as real as any real wall I have ever faced (I may add this part to the hub). but I just kept on walking and was able to complete the first part of the walk and do a uturn and come back to the car!!!

Hoping all is good with you. Once again Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right...taking care to insure that injury does not occur is so important. I have arthritis in one of my feet in the heel and of course I am being watched by a doctor because of that. Actually it is much better, much less painful than it ever was.

I do appreciate your concern and do understand all of the challenges you have faced with weight and all. Sending blessings your way

Angels are bringing them to you ps


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always exploring 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

I am not overweight but I struggle with food craves. I am glutton intolerant and I dearly love bread and sweets. The only way to stay healthy is to not have any food containing glutton in my house. My granddaughter is overweight and struggles so I am aware of your pain. You sound like you have it all together. Best wishes to you..


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

Patricia do be careful and keep your walking moderate. My coworker is in her late 50s and not overweight, but she just had total knee replacement and is waiting on the second one. She walked six miles a day and is paying the price. I had to stop walking two years ago because thyroid nodules were causing chronic fatigue. I was looking forward to walking again after it was removed, but then I slipped on some ice and broke my leg.

I’ve had a weight battle going on for the last 30 years. My problem stems from a bad gall bladder in my childhood to a thyroid problem in later life, coupled with wheat and dairy allergies. My downfall was marrying a sugar addict who handed me a candy bar every time I said it was time for me to eat. With my medical problems, at least he is cooking me healthy foods right now and I’m down to 129 lbs. That’s size 8 and 10 petites because I’m only 5 feet tall. I’m having part of my lower intestine removed next month and I don’t know if that will have any lasting effect on my weight.

I’m happy to see that you are a “loser”. Keep us posted.


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Donna...I won't pretend the walking is always a huge barrel of laughs.But every step I take is one less gram of fat that is hanging on my frame so any pain I endure is worth it in spades.

Best to you in any new endeavors you make as well.

Angels are on the way to you once again. ps


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DDE 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I agree with your ideas in keeping fit. I walk daily. Brisk walks works well for me. I like to keep fit and eat the way you do. Interesting hub. All my best to you.


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purl3agony 13 months ago from USA

Congratulations on your mind and lifestyle transformation! Your story is very inspiring. I also walk everyday and thought I was doing well at 3 miles a day, but your 8 miles is truly awesome. You've encouraged me to make some more changes in my diet and exercise. Thanks for sharing your journey!


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Jackie Once in a while I go to nine or ten but tomorrow may have to cut it way down...I pulled a quad in my left leg...ouch.

Love the frozen berry slushies and all. So many great ways to enjoy healthy delicious foods.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Awesome, Eric. I hope your walk was refreshing. I pulled a quad today so have been icing it tonight...I had to cut my nighttime walk to two miles this evening because of it.

I hope to keep reporting progress....

Hoping all is good with you and yours Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I get it, Shauna...when I worked I left home at 5 and got home after dark every night. I was exhausted and no, exercise was not in the cards for me. However might I suggest you take some walks on the weekends...you don't have to be crazy like I am..I am one of these who has to push the limits but a little bit is better than nothing. Don't be so hard on yourself....you will find a way to help yourself if you really want to. It is after all a personal decision and one that asks a lot of us. As I said, I get it. When you are burning the candle at both ends it is so hard to make time for our physical need. And btw I haven't either ...only longer in response to that last part of your comment :D Angels are once again on the way ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, bill

You are a peach...I do too...look forward to the healthy years...so much is going on with my loved ones that I had to get in shape to be in an armor to climb each new mountain.

Hoping all is well with you and Bev...the books are great...you might wish to give them a peek. Angels are on the way bringing hugs and blessings ps


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Reynold

I do not really call this a battle...for me it is walking out of the darkness into the light, a journey bringing me full circle ...back to the right size.

I have drunk skim milk for 40 years but it did not keep me thin...too many other things were ingested with it....

Keep on doing what works for you....

Angels are on the way to you once again ps


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Jackie Lynnley 13 months ago from The Beautiful South

I so agree with keeping those fruits around and I love them. I eat frozen ones at times too or make a smoothie from them!

Eight miles a day! Wow; I do love to walk but could I ever get to that? Guess I can try!

Thanks for sharing something so important. Good luck and hope you get so healthy!


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Ericdierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

You make me happy. I had to stop my hikes because the heat was beating me up. It is cooler now YAHOO! You just inspired me to walk to pick up my son instead of drive -- Thank you


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

Pat, I've gained so much weight in the past few years. I'm now 58. When I was in my 20's I was a size 2. In my forties, I was a size 4. In my early 50's I bloomed up to size 6. I've recently come down from size 14 (major gasp!) to size 12. I can't tell you how distressing this is for me.

I've had to go back to work in order to pay my bills. My attempt at writing for a living not only failed, but added 30 pounds to my small frame. I leave the house at 6:50 a.m. and don't get home until well after 6:30 p.m. I go to bed at 8:00. When do I have time to teach this old dog a new trick?

So, I've accepted the fact that I'm fat. I don't like it in the least. At least I have great memories of when I was thin. I know part of the way I look comes from my maternal grandmother.They say certain traits skip a generation. I was fortunate to get the blue eyes, but I can definitely do without the added weight.

If I could afford to retire, I could probably fix this. As it is, I can't. I also never had to exercise and have failed every time I tried. It's just not in my blood.

I eat healthy, yet I've gained weight. As my son says, "Mom, you don't dance anymore". I used to dance around the house and even in my yard. Now, I just work and go to bed. Did I mention I haven't had you-know-what in going on four years?

And I wonder why I've gained so much weight....


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billybuc 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

Thank you for sharing those books with us, but more importantly, thank you for an honest share of your life and what led up to this decision. Bravo to you, my friend. I look forward to many more "healthy" years of our friendship.

blessings and hugs coming your way

bill


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Reynold Jay 13 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

Thank you for sharing you personal battle! I use a lot of the tips that you use now and never really had a problem at all. Being a runner, the mind does things when it comes to eating. Bacon and eggs---nope, can't run with that in me. Skim milk and nutritious cereal and fruit. Yep--my mind says that is the choice every time. Well done HUB and I bet it inspires many of us to do better!

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